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EFCC arraigns Lagos prophetess for defrauding company of N25m



A Lagos - based prophetess , Linda Mabi - Praise , has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly defrauding a company of N25 m in an alleged Automotive Gas Oil deal .

Mabi - Praise , who is said to be a prophetess at the Temple of Praise Church on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street , Surulere , Lagos , was arraigned before a Lagos State Special Offences Court on eight counts bordering on stealing , obtaining under false pretences and issuance of dud cheques .


Mabi - Praise and her company , Mutano Energy Limited , according to the EFCC prosecutor , Frank Ofoma , committed the offences sometime in 2017 in Lagos .


She was alleged to have received N503 . 3 m in five tranches from the complainant , Tophara Ventures Nigeria Limited , and subsequently issued three dud cheques to the company .


Ofoma said , “ On April 4 , 2017 , the defendants fraudulently obtained the sum of N 80 m from Tophara Ventures Nigeria Limited by falsely representing to the company that the money was for diesel importation.


“ On April 24 , 2017 , the defendants falsely obtained N238 . 2 m from the complainant by claiming that it was for the purpose of diesel trade and supply.


“ On April 24 , 2017 , the defendants dishonestly stole and converted N137 . 1 m belonging to the complainant to their personal use ; and sometime in 2017 , Mabi - Praise also stole N 48 m from Tophara Ventures Nigeria Limited . ”


Ofoma added that the prophetess and her firm, with intent to defraud, had on May 3 , 2017 , issued three United Bank for Africa Plc cheques to Tophara Ventures.


The first cheque , with number 77148231 , was dated October 30 , 2015 ; while the second cheque , with number 77148216 , was dated May 3 , 2017 , and both were for N5 m each .


The defendants on May 3 , 2017 , allegedly issued a third cheque with 77148217 for N10 m .


All three cheques were reportedly dishonoured upon presentation for payment .
According to the EFCC , the offences contravene sections 1 ( 1 ) and 1 (3 ) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act of 2006 , and sections 258 ( 1 ), 9 ( b) and 278 (1 ) of the Criminal Law of Lagos , 2015 .


The offences , according to the anti -graft agency , also contravene Section 1 ( 1 ) of the Dishonoured Cheques and Other Related Offences Act , 2004 .


The prophetess had earlier been arraigned before the court for defrauding a lawyer , Unoma Omo, of N165 . 5 m, and has a pending arraignment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo .


The presiding judge , Justice Sherifat Solebo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N25 m with two sureties in like sum.


She added that the sureties must be resident in Lagos State and provide proof of residency and tax payment to the state government .

She , however , ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of her bail conditions.

Justice Solebo adjourned the case till March 25 for trial .
EFCC arraigns Lagos prophetess for defrauding company of N25m EFCC arraigns Lagos prophetess for defrauding company of N25m Reviewed by KOC on 18:31 Rating: 5

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